Harry Potter: A History of Magic – Picture Shows: JK Rowling – (C) BBC – Photographer: Tom Hayward
Starring: J.K. Rowling
Kent Locations Used: Holly Hill Woodlands, Tonbridge & Malling
BBC documentary Harry Potter: A History of Magic, explores and celebrates the magical history of the Harry Potter universe. An exhibition on the subject opens in October at the British Library, and the documentary attempts to capture the experience for television by featuring artifacts, texts, memorabilia and artwork from the displays.
Programme Name: Harry Potter: A History of Magic – Picture Shows: Warwick Davis – (C) BBC – Photographer: Johann Perry
Harry Potter author, J.K. Rowling, will feature in the documentary and talk about items that she has donated to the exhibition and their importance in the Harry Potter universe
The production visited Holly Hill Woodlands in Tonbridge & Malling, featuring two local wand makers. Other productions filmed in the area include: Cape Wrath (2007) and Doctor Who: The Dominators (1968).
Harry Potter: A History of Magic airs on Saturday 28th October at 9pm on BBC Two.
New Channel 4 comedy-drama series ‘The End of the F****** World’ follows two teenage outsiders, James (Alex Lawther) and Alyssa (Jessica Barden), who escape their families to embark on a road trip to find Alyssa’s father. The pair end up getting caught up in a series of violent events and find themselves on a path of discovery.
The series was written by Charlie Covell (Banana, Forget Me Not) and Chuck Forsman (TEOTFW- 2014). It was directed by Jonathan Entwistle (TEOTFW – 2014) and Lucy Tcherniak (Lay Me Down). The cast is led by Jessica Barden (Coronation Street), and Alex Lawther (Black Mirror).
The series filmed in and around Leysdown on Sea on the Isle of Sheppey, which was part of Entwistle’s attempt at American style filmmaking in a British setting. Writer, Covell, during an interview described how they were trying to find locations which weren’t ‘quintessentially British’, which is why they chose the Isle of Sheppey as the location.
Bhikari follows the story of a rich young man whom having finished his higher education in London, returns to India where his mother hands over the family business to him. However, unfortunate events lead Samrat to face difficult choices in order to save his mother’s life.
The film is was written by Guru Thakur, a popular lyricist and screen-writer, and directed by Ganesh Acharya (Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, PK), and stars Swwapnil Joshi (Mumbai Pune Mumbai, Duniyadari) and Rucha Inamdar (Children of War, Under the Same Sun)
Both Kingsgate Bay and Botany Bay in Thanet were used as locations as backdrops for dance sequences for the feature.
Twin brothers Raja and Prem are separated at birth and live very different lives until a series of coincidences brings them back together and they find themselves working together to infiltrate and take down an underground smuggling ring.
David Dhawan (Do not disturb, Rascals) directed the production along with writers Yunus Sajawal (Jaggu Dada, Singham Returns), Farhad Samji (Housefull 3, Diwale) and Sajid (Chennai Express, Ready). Indian superstars Salman Khan (Sultan, C.I.D ) and Varun Dhawan (Badlapur, Student of the year) star, along with Jacqueline Fernandez (Kick, Roy) , Anupam Kher (A Family Man, Sense8), andTapsee Pannu (The Ghazi Attack, Pink)
The production visited the town of Sevenoaks to film in a private residence that features in the film.
The Big Family Cooking Showdown is a brand new BBC cooking competition series where families compete to be the best home cooks. In
The Big Family Cooking Showdown – (C) Voltage TV Productions
each episode, two teams consisting of three family members, who compete in three cooking challenges. At the end of the three rounds, the judges select a winner for the quarter finals where they will face winners from other episodes.
The presenters of the series are Zoe Ball (Strictly Come Dancing) and Nadiya Hussain (winner of The Great British Bake Off in 2015). The judges of the series are Giorgio Locatelli (Italy Unpacked) and Rosemary Shrager (The Real Marigold Hotel).
The Quadrangle Trust in Shoreham, Sevenoaks, the building was transformed into a competition kitchen for the show and featured prominently in the series.
Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams is a sci-fi anthology series with stand-alone episodes that focus on dark themes and ideas with a twist. The first season will contain 10 episodes of adapted material from Philip K. Dick’s body of literary work.
Source material from Philip K. Dick (Blade Runner) stories, directed by, among others, Michael Dinner (The Crew), David Farr (The Ones Below), Francesca Gregorini (The Truth About Emanuel) and Tom Harper (Peaky Blinders). The first season stars Timothy Spall (Mr Turner, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Gumuliauskas Vaclovas (The Death of Stalin), Juke Hardy (Alien: Covenant), Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Liam Cunningham (Game of Thrones) and Steve Buscemi (Fargo, Boardwalk Empire) as well as many others.
Some scenes from the upcoming series were filmed in Dungeness on the south coast of Kent. The area has been used in the past for many different films and TV series. Previous productions filmed in Dungeness include: Una (2017) and Doctor Who: The Claws of Axos (1971). The Pilot Inn in Dungeness previously featured in the The Poison Tree (2012)
Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams premieres on Sunday 17 September 2017 on Channel 4 at 9PM.
ITV’s new six part thriller, Liar, follows the relationship between teacher Laura Newell (Joanne Froggatt) and the father of one of her pupils, Andrew Ellis (loan Gruffudd). Their simple attraction leads to deceit and betrayal which has wide reaching consequences for both families.
The series was written by Harry and Jack Williams (BBC: One of us) and directed by James Strong (BBC: Doctor Who 2006-2009) and Samuel Donovan (CH4 Humans, Jamestown – Sky One). The cast is lead by Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey, A street Cat named Bob) and Ioan Gruffudd (Fantastic 4, Titanic).
They are supported byZoe Tapper (Mr Selfridge, Reunited) and Warren Brown (Luther, By Any Means).
LIAR – JOANNE FROGGATT as Laura Nielson AND IOAN GRUFFUDD as Andrew Earlham. Photographer JOSS BARRATT (C) ITV
The series is set in the seaside town of Deal where the crew visited last winter to film in various locations including Walpole Bay, giving the show an eerie and intense visual feel.
Deal is a town on the south coast of Kent with a long naval history as one of the major Cinque Ports. Previous projects to have filmed in the area include The Tunnel: Sabotage (2016) and Legacy (2013).
Walpole Bay is located in the popular seaside town in Margate and offers a long sandy beach, promenade and tidal swimming pool.
Liar starts on Monday 11th September at 9pm on ITV.
Looking to resolve her past, Una (Rooney Mara) confronts Ray (Ben Mendelsohn ), her former neighbour, at his work place, seeking answers. As buried secrets and forbidden desires start to surface, they begin to threaten the stability they have found in their new lives.
Una (C) WestEnd Films
The film is based on the play “Blackbird” that was written by David Harrower. Benedict Andrews (National Theatre Live: A Streetcar Named Desire) directed and Rooney Mara (A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Social Network) takes the lead role alongside Riz Ahmed (Jason Bourne, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), Ben Mendelsohn (The Dark Knight Rises,Bloodline) Tobias Menzies (Casino Royale, Atonement),Indira Varma (Game of Thrones, Hunted) and Tara Fitzgerald (Legend, Brassed Off).
The production chose to film in Kent in June 2015, using Dungeness, Greatstone and Lydd which feature as a remote hideaway location.
The Dungeness, Greatstone and Lydd coastal area boasts a unique and large expanse of sandy beach backed by dunes and the largest shingle desert in Europe. Ginger and Rosa (2012), The Poison Tree (2012) and Parade’s End (2012) have previously used the area for filming.
Una is released in cinemas from Friday 1st September 2017.
Strike – The Cuckoo’s Calling is a brand new seven part BBC drama based on the best-selling detective series written by J.K. Rowling under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. There are the first of three adaptations of the respective novels The Cuckoo’s Calling, The Silkworm and Career of Evil.
Cormoran Strike (Tom Burke), a war veteran turned private detective works and lives in his tiny office in London’s Denmark Street. In The Cuckoo’s calling, business is not great for Cormoran when Robin Ellacott (Holliday Grainger) is mistakenly sent to assist him with his paperwork just as super model Lula Landry (Elarica Johnson ) supposedly takes her own life by jumping from a Mayfair balcony.
Following his investigation of the Lula Landry case, The Silkworm takes up the story when Strike is tasked by Leonora Quine (Monica Dolan) to locate her husband, the notorious writer Owen Quine, who has disappeared without a trace.
The Cuckoo’s calling was adapted by Ben Richards (Outcasts, Spooks) and Tom Edge (Lovesick, The Crown) and directed by Michael Keillor. The cast is led by Tom Burke (Only God Forgives, Third Star) and Holliday Grainger (Cinderella, The Finest Hours) with support from Kerr Logan (Game of Thrones, London Irish) as Matthew Cunliffe.
The production filmed at Penshurst Place as well as in a private residence in Sevenoaks.
Strike – The Cuckoo’s Calling – John Bristow (LEO BILL), Lady Bristow (SIAN PHILLIPS) – (C) Bronte Film & TV Ltd
Sevenoaks is a historic town in West Kent just outside the gates to Knole Park. It is the home of Sevenoaks School which supported the production and has one of the oldest lying foundations in England, laid down by William Sevenokes in 1432. The town has previously featured in Future Tense: The Story of H.G. Wells (2016).
Strike – The Cuckoo’s Calling will screen on BBC One on Sunday August 27th & Monday 28th August at 9pm, concluding the following Sunday 3rd September.
The Silkworm will follow with two episodes on 10th and 17th September.
Career of Evil, the final, two-part instalment is due to be release in the New Year.